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Common Name: Acerola Cherry
Botanical Name: Malpighia Glabra
Origin: North America, South America
Acerola is a tropical fruit that has been a popular choice for the locals in South America for many generations. Acerola cherries grow on small shrubs or trees that can usually grow upwards of 10 feet in height although they have been known to grow up to 20 feet on some occasions. Its leaves grow to about three inches long and have been known to cause irritation when they come in contact with human skin. It may take up to three years for the tree to finally bear acerola cherries.
Acerola cherries are arguably the best source of vitamin C on the planet. One cup of fresh acerola may contain up to 1,644 mg of the nutrient. That’s up to 13 times more than orange juice!
Another nutrient found in acerola is vitamin A and it is quite an amount. A serving of acerola may contain up to 1,232 IU of vitamin A delivered mostly as beta carotene. Other nutrients found in acerola include iron and a number of flavonoids.
Give your product a significant boost in vitamin C. Add acerola into supplements, multivitamins, functional foods, and more. Need a shot of color? Acerola brings a beautiful hue to any formulation!*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.